Strikers Much Improved but Frustrated by Late Roar Equaliser 

Mar 09, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers were held to a draw by the Brisbane Roar Youth yesterday in what a was a highly competitive game. 

Looking to return to form after a recent poor run of results Strikers began the game brightly immediately putting Roar on the back foot. 

Strikers would quickly turn their energetic start into a goal as aggressive pressing would result in Jake McLean winning the ball deep in Roar territory before Ollie Smith sent a perfect through ball to Fraser Hills who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped the ball into an empty net. 

After the early goal Strikers continued on the front foot with Ryan Palmer, Ollie Smith and Jake McLean all coming close to doubling the advantage however a staunch Roar defence would prevent a second goal before half time. 

After the break, the home side would play with a renewed determination and begin to put Strikers under pressure. 

Strikers keeper Brendan White would pull off a number of fine saves to keep the lead intact as well as each member of the Strikers back four producing multiple impressive defensive interventions. 

The Roar, however, would eventually make their breakthrough as substitute Alex Parsons headed home a Ben Holliday cross to even the score in the 90th minute. 

This would be the final action of the game with Strikers coming away from the game both pleased to have put in a much-improved performance but frustrated to have conceded a last gasp equaliser. 

The Brisbane Strikers will now begin preparations for next Saturday’s away fixture against newly-promoted side Capalaba Bulldogs. 

 

Goals 

3’- Brisbane Strikers- Aggressive pressing from the Strikers forward unit resulted in a turnover deep in Roar half before Ollie Smith sent through Fraser Hills who effortlessly rounded the goalkeeper and put Strikers ahead. 

89’- Brisbane Roar Youth- Roar fullback Ben Holliday created space to deliver a cross from the left-hand side which found substitute Alex Parsons who was able to head home an equaliser for the Roar. 

 

E-Z-Go man of the Match 

Goalkeeper Brendan White was named E-Z-Go Man of the Match after a typically excellent display between the sticks. White, who has been one of Strikers’ best performers this season, made several highly impressive saves particularly during the second half to keep his side in front, reminding the watching world why he is perhaps the best shot-stopper in the state. 

 

Coaches Reaction 

“It was tough conditions today but the boys got themselves in a good position to win the game so it’s a bad feeling to have drawn and it feels like a loss if I’m honest. It was a fairly scrappy game in those conditions with the heat and wind making it hard for either side to get the ball down and play so I think it was only ever gone to be won by one goal or finish as a draw. We did well to get ourselves ahead and we haven’t lost so there a lot of positives to take away into next week’s game against Capalaba.  

 

Interesting Facts 

Owen Baker gave two teenagers starting debuts against Roar Youth with 19-year-old Jacob Sauverain and 18-year-old Luke Lister both earning a call-up. Following the game, Baker praised both lads for their performance saying, “the majority of the game both Luke (Lister) and Jacob (Sauverain) did well and it always takes time for youngsters to adjust. We’ll watch the game back with them and see what we can do better going forward.” Lister and Sauverain are the second and third teenagers to have been given their first start in senior football this season by Baker following Chris Fullerton’s debut in Round 1 against Magpies Crusaders.   

 

Next Game 

The Brisbane Strikers will take on the Capalaba Bulldogs away at John Fredricks Park next Saturday night at 6:45 pm. 

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